My research is focused on the period from 1600 to 1850 during the advent of the early global era and the first industrial era. I am fascinated by the changes in material life and cultural practice in this period, particularly the reciprocal affects of Asian trade on world societies. I focus on Britain and Europe within a comparative context, recognizing the power of global exchanges. I employ economic, social and gender analyses in the study of a changing material world.
In recent projects I integrated extensive object study into a wider investigation of cultural and economic change, with particular attention to variations in practice within Europe and Northern North America. Material evidence provides unique insights into the past and the techniques of material culture studies are another important element of my research.